Trump says he wants to meet with Putin soon

EPA-EFE  JIM LO SCALZO

EPA-EFE JIM LO SCALZO

US President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday that he plans to meet his just re-elected Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss what he described as an arms race between the two nuclear powers.

Meeting today with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Trump told reporters that he congratulated Putin "on the victory, his electoral victory". "The call had to do, also, with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race", he told reporters in Washington. "Special attention was focused on the issue of a possible top-level meeting", the Kremlin said. Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 us presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

The outrage was quickly overshadowed on social media when users pointed out the blatant hypocrisy; noting former President Barack Obama called Putin following his election in 2012.

Trump, who vowed to improve relations with Russia on taking office 14 months ago, is under pressure from Congress to take a tougher stance on Putin, his inner circle and scores of Russian oligarchs.

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Sanders was pressed on Trump's call with Putin, but said that the White House believes maintaining a relationship with Putin is worth it, despite some outstanding issues. "When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results". Information on Syria and North Korea were also provided to the president in writing before the call, officials said. Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to win his fourth term as he got 75.91 percent of the votes after 70 percent of the ballots were counted, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed.

He's also pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, also says that by doing so Trump has "insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future".

Apart from that, the two leaders "expressed satisfaction over the reduction of tension around the Korean Peninsula and stressed the necessity to continue consistent efforts to resolve the situation by peaceful, diplomatic means", wrote TASS.

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However, any meeting between the two leaders would be controversial, given the ongoing investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections.

Talk of an "arms race" has increased since Putin held a blood-pumping State of the Union this month, where he showed off Russia's newest nuclear weapons, blaming the U.S. for leaving the anti-ballistic missile treaty, and telling his audience: "They didn't listen to us then".

"As I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment, there is nobody that even comes close to us in terms of the technology and the quality of the equipment", the president continued. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

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